What I accomplished in 15 hours this weekend–NEW TATTING BOOK

Block Alphabet Book Cover

I have been ‘sitting on’ this book for over a year now.   It has been about 90% done (as in all the details that go into laying out a book, proofreading it, creating preface pages, and creating a cover) for quite some time.

But this weekend, starting Friday night, I started a marathon session(s) to complete it.  I was home alone (husband gone for the weekend) and I had the flexibility to stay up as late as my eyes could stay focused (1:15 am both nights).

As of last night, I sent it off to the ‘printer’!!!!  YEAH!!!!  (I seriously need an emoticon here!)

Today I ordered a ‘proof’ copy!!!!    YEAH!!!!

This particular book has been on the back burner ever since I got excited about my Quilt-Inspired Designs for Split Ring Tatting.

But since my Quilt-Inspired books aren’t ready for completion, I decided to test my ‘printing/publishing’ knowledge with this Block Alphabet in SRT book.  I decided to apply the skills for printing/publishing to this book with the better experience to know how hard I need to push to get the Quilt-Inspired books published/printed.  I absolutely want the Quilt-Inspired books done by the IOLI Convention the first week in August!!!!


Tatting (Threads) for the Birds?


For all you ornithologists (aka ‘bird-watchers’) and others out there….Does anyone throw their thread ends/bit outside for the birds to use in their nesting activities????

Somewhere/sometime I got the idea that birds are attracted to colorful things and when looking for soft nesting materials would go fo threads to add to their nest.

Any ideas about this subject?    Anyone else throw their thread bit/ends outside with the hope that birds will enjoy them too?

This are the bits of threads that I pulled out of my tatting pouch that have accumulated for the last several weeks.   You can see my preferences for colors.  Lately I have been working with 3 of my favoritest colors:  teal/sapphire, orange, and yellow.

Enameled prototype of Celtic Shuttle


Frontside of my prototype Celtic shuttle. Measures 2 1.2 long x a little over 1/4 inch wide.

I was wondering if anyone who does a fair bit of Celtic-Tatting (the kind where a thin shuttle is used to pass through small loops) would be interested in assessing the usefulness of my enameled Celtic Shuttle???!

Leave me a message in my ‘comments section’ of email me at:  k.bovard@yahoo.com



Tatting in Virginia Beach


Me & my newly completed Quilt-Inspired SRT motif “Perpetual Motion”. On my hotel patio with Virginia Beach in the background. It was a rainy day—perfect for tatting (while my husband napped).


On a sunny day husband (Jerry) & I took a day-trip to the Outer Banks where we saw this lighthouse.